Weekend Recap + Did they say what I think they just said

Is it too late to do a weekend recap of two weekends ago?! 
(Really wish I could add emojis in here)
Goodness, I'm behind!

Snag this cute suit for under $20!!

Kyle and I spent a lot of time in the sun this past weekend.
On Saturday we headed to my parents for some pool action, 
followed by a MUCH needed dinner at Texas Roadhouse. 
If y'all haven't ever had their Chicken Critter Salad, i'm urging you, 
Hands down, best salad ever.
 [with ranch of course]
Dang it, now that I typed that I need one right.this.second!

Anyways, I'm thinking about doing a post soon about,
"What not to say to a pregnant woman"
If you follow me on instagram you maaaaaay have seen a rant on my stories this Saturday.

WAY too many people have given me their 2 cents on my pregnant belly,
and I had just had E N O U G H.
So thankful for all of my fellow mamas and sweet friends though.
You all shared similar stories with me and cheered me up REAL quick.
I love y'all.

For those who have no clue what i'm talking about,
There were multiple different instances where people had let me know
that my belly was way too big for how far along I am,
and well, I let it get under my skin.

BUT i'm feeling much better now and know that unwanted comments and opinions
are just something that comes along with pregnancy!

I love this {big} belly of mine, and I am so incredibly proud of my body and what it's doing.
For all you other pregnant mamas who have had similar experiences,
you're not alone and you're PERFECT!
To all you pregnant mamas who aren't showing yet and getting the,
"ummm are you sure you're pregnant??" "are you feeding that growing baby??" etc...
Hang in there!
You are perfect as well and everyones body changes and grows at it's own pace.
We mamas need to all stick together and support each other no matter what,
no more body shaming, and judgment!

Have a happy Tuesday Y'all!


Life Update + Date Night

Things are going to be changing a little bit in my world soon!
I officially applied to be a Substitute Teacher this year!
As much as I love being at home, blogging, and running my online boutique.
The income right now just isn't as consistent as I would like...
and to be completely honest, I NEED HUMAN INTERACTION.

I'm hoping I'll hear back from them sometime this week so I can start soon!
Not only am I excited about getting out of the house,
but I actually have an excuse to create a cute look multiple times a week!!
{whoop whoop}
My pregnancy has left me SO tired all the time, 
so this will be a good way to get up and moving and hopefully be more productive. 

Kyle and I went on a little date night on Friday, 
which means I FINALLY washed my hair and changed out of my sweatpants! 

We went to Shogun, one of those Japanese Grills where they cook in front of you!
If you've never been to a restaurant like this, you typically sit at a big table with random people.
Kyle and I were the first to arrive, and then a girl and her mom arrived after us and sat by us,
and then a family of four...
I'm leaving out a bunch of little details BUT the main reason i'm telling y'all this story is because....
E V E R Y  S I N G L E person at the table {besides Kyle and I} was on an electronic device
the entire freaking dinner!!!!!!
Guys, it was so weird.
Nobody even said hi to us, and NO ONE was talking,
which made it uncomfortable for Kyle and I to have a conversation because 
they were all sitting at the same table as us and it was SO quiet they could hear every word
that we said to each other.
It was seriously the weirdest and saddest thing. 

Anyways, I'm telling all of you this to say, please don't be those people.
In a world where we're all addicted to our phones and technology, myself included.
DO NOT let it get so bad that you can't even enjoy a dinner with your family.
I'll be the first to admit, that yes, I love social media, and the internet and all of the above.
But I do everything I can to still be in the moment as much as possible,
and to not let it hurt my relationships and friendships.
Hell, I give all of you who are reading this that hang out with me to CALL ME OUT,
if i'm ever with you and i'm not paying attention to you because i'm on my phone.
I D O  N O T ever want to be that person. 

Okay, rant over. 
Time to get off the internet and get some work done and do something outside in this
UH MAZING weather God has been blessing us with lately!

Hope everyone enjoys their Monday!


Surviving The First Trimester

Happy Friday, and thanks for hoppin' over here!
This week has been flyyyying by, and this post was totally supposed to be up Tuesday.

I wanted to share a few things with y'all that helped me survive the dreaded first trimester.
Hopefully it will help some of you who are newly pregnant or hoping to become pregnant.
And for those of you who've had similar experiences to mine, 
hopefully it makes you feel understood.

Before getting pregnant, I always knew that when I DID become pregnant
I would make some serious life changes.
I would eat only organic, I would eat veggies with every meal,
I wouldn't overeat and I would read every label that was either going 
on or in my body.
 Oh, and I would work out every single day, even if it was just 15 minutes of moving.

Well, those were all great and beautiful thoughts....
BUT that's not exactly how my pregnancy has played out so far.

When I initially found out that I was pregnant I was about 4 weeks.
I didn't really have any symptoms besides feeling tired and having sore boobs.
Piece of cake, totally manageable.

I swear the MINUTE I reached 6 weeks, the nausea hit.
I am one of the lucky ones, and I never actually threw up.
But I had pretty bad nausea on and off from week 6 through week 9.
And the bloating...holy crap the bloating was on another level, and painful!
So I wanted to share with y'all a couple things that helped me manage all of the
not so fun things that come with the first trimester of pregnancy.

So not only did nausea hit me at 6 weeks, but so did food aversions.
Literally ALL vegetables made me gag uncontrollably.
I could not get a vegetable down for the life of me.
The thought of anything healthy would immediately make me nauseous.
At first, this REALLY stressed me out.
I was so worried that the baby wasn't getting the nutrients it needed.

It wasn't until a sweet friend of mine gifted me the book,
 "Belly Laughs" by Jenny Mccarthy that I really stopped stressing.
If you're in the midst of your first trimester, or hell, ANYWHERE in your pregnancy.
I HIGHLY recommend this book.
It is SO freaking relatable and hilarious and will make you feel so much better
and realize that everything that's going on with you is N O R M A L.
(including being disgusted with vegetables)

Baby boy has been surviving on ALL THE CARBS.
I was REALLY concerned about not getting enough veggies at first,
but apparently being disgusted by all things healthy is fairly common.
However, I have been taking a shot of Ningxia Red every day,
so that has definitely helped ease my mind.
If y'all are interested I'll do another post about Ningxia
 explaining what it is and why it's UH MAZING for you & baby.
It was something I took occasionally before pregnancy
but knew it was an absolute MUST when I actually did become pregnant!

For me, the nausea was totally random,
and if I ever let myself get hungry at all it would worsen x100.
I made sure to keep crackers with me at ALL times.
That would almost always settle my stomach and make me feel better.
Even if I wasn't hungry, munching on them always helped!

Once week 9 hit I would get constant headaches and back pain.
I refused to take any meds in the first trimester but I did use some {young living} essentials oils.
If you're like me and are B L O A T E D like crazy during the first trimester,
then stock up on some peppermint oil!
Whenever I was painfully bloated I would just rub a few drops on my tummy.
Whenever the headaches hit I would rub a few drops of Panaway oil on my temples.

Those really did help, But if i'm being 100% honest, 
the only thing that would FULLY help me feel better during the first trimester was a good 'ol bath.
NOW....Baths aren't highly recommended during pregnancy.
Some people say "absolutely DO NOT take one", some say they are "totally fine".
I would always make sure that the water was warm and not super hot.
During your first trimester you don't want to let your body temperature get too high.
But I swear y'all, I would feel like I was on my death bed,
with a mixture of nausea, migraine, bloated tummy, and body aches.
As soon as I got in the bath it would ALL go away.
Baths really helped to keep me sane during the first trimester,
and as long as your smart about the water temperature
and careful about what you put inside the bath,
I say GO FOR IT.

{As for exercise, if you've got enough energy to work out in your first trimester,
I didn't and i'm totally regretting it now.
I'm attempting to start working out again, but being incredibly out of shape 
on top of being tired and pregnant makes it kind of miserable.}

The first trimester is such a crazy time, especially if it's your first pregnancy.
You don't know what to expect and you don't know what's normal.
I was so worried all the time.
If I didn't feel like absolute crap then I was worried that something was wrong.
{please don't be like me and do that}
Every pregnancy is different and every pregnancy is unique.
However it is totally normal to have good days and bad days.
When you have a good day, ENJOY THE HELL OUT OF IT.
Because the bad/tough days will be back before you know it.
However, if you've had tough days and then start losing symptoms regularly,
and by regularly I mean weeks of feeling normal/no symptoms at all
 (after previously having symptoms).
In that case I would definitely contact your doctor, just to be safe!

Today i'm officially 14 weeks and 5 days, and unfortunately i'm still tired as all hell.
I contacted my doctor yesterday and sent him some ingredient lists to
energy drinks I found, asking him if any would be safe for me!
I'll let y'all know what he says!
To all you pregnant mamas with toddlers running around, God bless you.
You're the real MVPs.


Hurricane Harvey

Wow. Hurricane Harvey.

The last few weeks have been devastating to so many people surrounding me.
I can't help but to feel shame and guilt that our home went completely unaffected and untouched.
Of course, we are unbelievably grateful that we are safe and our home is okay.
Driving around and seeing all of the homes under water,
all of the homes destroyed, 
and all of the homes with every single item from inside laying in the grass, ruined,
is absolutely heartbreaking.

We only had two people in both mine and Kyles families that were affected.
Kyles cousin, one of my very best friends, Krissa, had her apartment flood.
And my parents home also flooded.
The fact that both of our families live all over Houston and only two homes were affected is an absolute miracle. 

As soon as the flooding started Kyle could not sit down and just NEEDED to do something.
(gosh, I love him)
We don't have a boat, and we really had no way of helping,
and that was SO hard on him.
He ended up convincing one of his cousins to bring two boats down from the valley.
(Shout out to Jesus for allowing him to get to Houston safely)
Once they got the boats, Kyle and his brother and cousins spent the next few days saving people from their flooded homes.

They saved elderly, They saved young couples, They saved children, and they saved pets.
I have never in my life been more proud of those boys.

Even though they saved tons of people, those people are still left without a home and all of their memories and belongings.
Please continue to pray for Houston and all of the other areas that were affected by Hurricane Harvey.

I am so proud of Houston for coming together, and staying strong.
God bless Texas.